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NSC.exe bad image error: Quick Fix

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Having a good antivirus program is essential to protecting your PC. However, given the plethora of choices users have between security programs, the choice and its far-reaching consequences can be difficult to see. For that reason, most people tend to go for the safe option by picking one of the most popular antivirus programs. 

Norton does classify for that category and is arguably one of the better. That said, it does have its fair share of bugs and glitches that can hamper the user experience. In this article, we’re talking about the NSC.exe bad image error in Norton, its causes and what you can do to fix the problem.

What causes this error?

Several different problems can trigger the error. Here are some of the common ones:

  • Runtime errors in the program.
  • Glitchy installation. 
  • Outdated antivirus version. 

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How to fix this?

Here are four fixes you can try out. 

Update your PC 

The first thing you should do is update your PC. Updating your PC will, in most cases, update your drivers and fix any issues in the process

Check out this detailed guide to know how to update your PC here

Update Norton

There’s a good chance that the developers are aware of the error and have already issued a fix or patch for the problem. Updating your antivirus ensures you have all the bugs and glitches worked out. Check to see if you have any updates available and if you do, update immediately. This should fix the error.


Reinstalling a program from scratch, even if it’s antivirus, can help resolve any errors that might arise because of corrupt or missing core files. Considering that the error itself indicates the Norton executable is corrupt, reinstalling should, in most cases, fix the error for you. 

Restore to a previous backup

Restoring your system to a previous state when everything was working fine can often help solve the error. 

Step 1: Press the Windows key and search for Reset this PC. Then, launch the Recovery setting from the search results. 

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Step 2: Click on Open System Restore. 

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Step 3: Select the recommended restore point and click the Next button to proceed. 

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This should revert any changes that might be causing the error for you.

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Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: